Bataan: Where Heroes Fell: Death of an American Illusion

Bataan finally fell. In a military sense the big news meant that 150,000-200,000 Jap fighters were now released, to be used on other fronts. But that was not the fact that struck home to the U.S. Not until the last burned-out man put down his rifle on the soil of a Bataan that was now Japanese did Americans learn their lesson.

Bataan taught the U.S. a thing it had forgotten: pride of arms, pride in what the young men could do when tested.

Bataan taught America a humiliating thing, too: that U.S. soldiers could be beaten,...

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